Sunday, July 12, 2015

FASD News - 27/205

Growing Your Baby - Study: 20% to 80% Women Drink During Their Pregnancies
There’s no real formula for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) – no one knows how many drinks it takes, or why it is that some women who drink more end up having perfectly healthy babies and those that drink less sometimes end up having babies with FAS.
TheHealthSite - Why it’s good for pregnant women to skip that drink
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has always been a topic of debate. No one knows how much is too much as there are no defined guidelines for it.
The Australian (Australia) - ‘Drinking to die’ in Aboriginal communities, says Sharman Stone
A minimum floor price on alcohol and a tax on liquor by volume should be urgently pursued to ­address the problem of harmful drinking in Aboriginal communities, a national inquiry has found.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Desperate parents of special needs children are paying for teacher aides
Desperate parents with special needs children have resorted to paying their own teacher aides, as government resources fail to keep up with increasing disability demand.
The Guardian (Australia) - Foetal alcohol syndrome should be recognised as disability, says report on Indigenous alcohol use
Standing committee report says Indigenous children fall through cracks of education system and later land in prison as FASD is misdiagnosed or not treated.
KXAN.com (USA) - Researchers find startling trend among pregnant teen drinkers
The finding is the result of a recent study, possibly the largest of its kind according to Dr. Christopher Salas-Wright, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Conversation AU - Women aren’t following advice to stop drinking when pregnant
Around 40% of Australian women drink alcohol while pregnant, despite medical guidelines recommending they don’t.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol in pregnancy
The effects of drinking while pregnant (Editorial, July 8th) are not always evident at birth, so, sadly, challenges caused by prenatal alcohol exposure which manifest later on are not always linked back to ante-natal experience.
Fox10News - Chicago doctor: 'Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder' linked to violence
Could some of the gunmen causing so much bloodshed in Chicago be victims themselves? More specifically, victims of brain damage suffered before they were born?

VIDEOS
FASD DOCUMENTARY – CALL ME MENTAL
This short documentary on FASD features several people associated with MOFAS, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The video was created as part of a collaboration called Call Me Mental, which is composed of artists and clinicians who want to change the attitude toward mental illness.

RESEARCH
NCBI - Alcohol use, smoking and their co-occurrence during pregnancy among Canadian women, 2003 to 2011/12.
It is apparent that smoking in any capacity, whether during pregnancy or not, increases the likelihood that a woman consumed alcohol while pregnant. Ascertaining smoking status among pregnant women and women of childbearing age could be a useful screening method for identifying those at-risk of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, and vice versa.
Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology - Unintended pregnancies and exposure to potential human teratogens
We aimed to investigate the risk factors associated with unintended pregnancies as well as the association between unintended pregnancies and potential teratogenic exposures.
Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology - Maternal periconceptional alcohol consumption and congenital heart defects
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the leading cause of infant death from birth defects. Animal studies suggest in utero alcohol exposure is a teratogen for cardiogenesis; however, results from epidemiologic studies are mixed.
Pan African Medical Journal - Screening of fetal alcohol syndrome using the T-ACE questionnaire in semi-rural areas around Lubumbashi: lessons learned
African women consumption of alcohol is influenced by a number of beliefs and sociocultural considerations. In Lubumbashi in the D.R.Congo for example, the belief that alcohol reduces sympathetic signs of pregnancy during the first trimester is very common; this belief however exposes unborn children to ethanol toxicity at a very early stage of the pregnancy.
Occupational Therapy in Health Care - The knowledge of rehabilitation professionals concerning fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The purpose of this study was to explore rehabilitation professionals’ knowledge regarding signs and symptoms, prevention, and intervention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Physical Therapy - Virtual sensorimotor balance training for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: feasibility study
Diminished sensory adaptation has been associated with poor balance control for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). We developed a virtual reality system, Sensorimotor Training to Affect Balance, Engagement and Learning (STABEL), to train sensory control for balance.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Freie Presse (Germany) - Süchtige Mamas legen Kindern schwere Bürde in die Wiege
Grit Wagner leidet, weil ihre leibliche Mutter auch in der Schwangerschaft unentwegt getrunken hat. Experten kennen das als fetales Alkoholsyndrom.

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